Ephesians His Glory s His Church s My Life
Church: Mystery Revealed • Mystery Disseminated • Mystery Defined • Mystery Disclosed
Mystery DisseminatedPaul, feared by Gentiles (vs 1-3) • Acts 8:1, 3 (NIV) - 1 And Saul was there, giving approval to his [Stephen] death…3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.
Mystery DisseminatedPaul, persecuted by Jews (vs 1-3) • Isaiah 60:12 (NIV) - 12 For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish; it will be utterly ruined.
Mystery DisseminatedPaul, persecuted by Jews (vs 1-3) • Acts 21:27-31 (NIV) - 28 "Men of Israel, help us! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against our people and our law and this place. And besides, he has brought Greeks into the temple area and defiled this holy place.“ 31 While they were trying to kill him…
Mystery DisseminatedPaul, chosen by God (v 4-8) • Galatians 2:7-9 (NIV) - 7 On the contrary, they saw that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, just as Peter had been to the Jews. 8 For God, who was at work in the ministry of Peter as an apostle to the Jews, was also at work in my ministry as an apostle to the Gentiles.
Mystery DisseminatedPaul, chosen by God (vs 4-8) • 1 Timothy 1:12-14 - 12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
Mystery DefinedNot previously known (vs 4-8) • Acts 26:17-18 - 17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God • Colossians 1:26 - 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.
Mystery DefinedGentiles & Jews One in Christ (v 6) • Galatians 3:28-29 (NIV) 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Mystery DisclosedBenefit of the Mystery (v 12) • Right of Access (Romans 5:2) • Right of Freedom (Heb. 3:6) • Right of Confidence (Heb. 10:19)
Mystery DisclosedImportance of the Mystery • World-wide religion • Christianity prevails • Access to God through the Holy Spirit
Mystery DisclosedSpiritual Plan of the Mystery (v 10) • Ephesians 6:12 - 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 1 Peter 1:2 - “even the angels long to.” 1 Cor. 4:9 – “spectacle…to angels.”